Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Victorian Birdcage

It's been a while since I played along with a Splitcoast challenge, and I spotted one that caught my attention:  TLC364 'Wrinkle Free Distress'.  This involves using Distress Inks (by Ranger), a craft sheet, and a water mister.  This was a fun technique and I will definitely do it again!

I don't have an official craft sheet, but I used a little mat that came with my hot glue gun, and it was perfect.  A craft sheet is non-porous, slick and can withstand heat from a glue gun and other crafting tools.  There is a tutorial for the wrinkle free distressing technique HERE.


The stamps I used -- the birdcage and the flowers in the top left corner of the card --  are from Blockheads Paper Arts (click on image or caption to see the set at the store):

The first thing I did was ink up my 'craft sheet' with Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Inks, then mist gently with a bit of water.  Then I placed my card front over the inks and pressed down.  When I removed my card, I hit it with a heat tool.  This, of course, can make your paper curly, so I weighted it down for a bit with heavy books.

The rest was just as easy:  stamp the birdcage (which fills up 2/3 of the card) and the flower heads, add some ribbon, pearls and a flower.


The flower is assembled from Prima Wildflowers, which come in white, but I dyed in coffee and let dry.  A decorative brad helped assemble the petals.

A big HELLO to all the new faces I see in my Followers on the side bar, and to my new email subscribers!  It's so nice to see you here.  :o)

Colleen

Stamps:  Victorian Eccentricities - Blockheads Paper Arts
Paper:  white - PTI
Ink:  Broken China, Peeled Paint Distress Inks - Ranger
Other:  ribbon; pearls - Queen & Co.; Prima Wildflowers; Antique Brad - SU

17 comments:

Vicki Dutcher said...

I love doing this technique -- the outcome is awesome!

Karen McAlpine said...

Love the colors you used. Looks like a really fun technique. Gotta try it!! Gorgeous stamp!

Anonymous said...

Looks fun. Pretty colors. Of course now I have to check out how you did this and all that. You constantly amaze me with your talents!

Chris R. from Iowa

Marie said...

It is so nice to try new challenges because they lead to new blogs! I am utterly delighted to find your gorgeous site. I love every card that. I have seen, so far....will be checking out older posts later. I can see why you have some new followers....count me in!

Lesley said...

Such a pretty card Colleen! I just love the background you created!

Donna Bowman said...

Gorgeous card Colleen!! Love how you did the background with the distress inks!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty dearie!!!!

Ellen said...

Wow Colleen, I love your card! You did such a beautiful job with the Wrinkle Free Distressing!! Just gorgeous:D
hugs,
Ellen

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful card, Colleen! I have used this technique before, and it is definitely a fun one to do! I love the pearls and swirls!

Linda R said...

WOW! That sounds like such a fun technique.. And it is so beautiful. Love your card..

Hugs, Linda

Emily Keaton said...

Love that new technique, Colleen! Thanks for the link to the tutorial. Your results are stunning, so I'm looking forward to playing around with it. The images you chose were perfect for the background you created! I really like those colors. :)

Bonnie said...

What a gorgeous technique! Love the birdcage too.

Benzi said...

I haven't tried that technique but it sure looks great. Pretty flower, too.

Maria said...

Gorgeous color and beautiful stamping for an amazing card, Colleen! Fabulous flower, too! Take care, hugs!!:-))

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Just lovely! you stamp so beautifully! Love the backround colors!

Sue Lelli said...

BEAUTIFUL, Colleen! LOVE the colors and that technique and your stamping!

Andrea Ewen said...

What a lovely color palette! The cool colors really give a great backdrop to the gorgeous neutral flower! I'm sure the sweetest husband will love this! ;)

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